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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Sheridan in 5 weeks even if you have no experience--without a student loan!

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and can now work in cybersecurity where there was a tremendous demand and far more demand than supply. You already possess the skills employers require. It would be amazing.

You can choose the companies that offer the highest pay and benefits. This will allow you to make your own career choices.

You are stuck right now in a job that isn’t fulfilling your needs, or worse, you may be unemployed. You might have tried classes at the local community college, self-paced courses or even the four-year degree program at the local college. The risks and debt that come with a student loan are not to be overlooked.

But, it doesn’t have to be like that.

There are ways to get started in this field without any student loans or other risks. You can complete your training in five weeks. You might be able even to do it free of charge if you’re unemployed.

This article contains all of the information you need. Read on to learn more.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why look at a Cybersecurity career?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity refers to the protection of computers and networks against malicious attacks.
  • The practice includes ensuring that information technology infrastructure is protected against disruption while protecting data within a system or network.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is crucial because it protects personal data, identities, and identities from being stolen either by hackers, or foreign governments.
  • It’s more difficult than ever to keep your computer safe with cybercrime increasing.
  • Protecting our identities and personal details from theft by hackers or foreign governments is essential in cybercrime. This protects us from financial loss.

Cybersecurity is a great career choice.

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • The best time to pursue a career within cybersecurity is now.
  • Cybersecurity, a fast-growing industry, offers many career opportunities and offers numerous job options. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of job openings in the cybersecurity field will be equal to or greater than the number of new workers entering the field each year.
  • That means there should always be a demand for cybersecurity professionals.

How do I know if my qualifications are right for cybersecurity work?

  • Technology, in particular cybersecurity, requires passion.
  • If you don’t have this passion, you will not be able to work remotely while focusing on the job.
  • It is important to be able to solve problems, be curious about how things work, and pay attention.

How much money can you make in Cybersecurity?

Average Cybersecurity Salary

  • As of January 17, 2022, the US average annual salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112,974,
  • Cybersecurity average salaries are between $65,000 (25th%) and $145,000. (75th%)
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it hard to get a job working in cybersecurity?

  • Not always.
  • It is important that you understand the need for cybersecurity professionals will never go away. But, it is crucial to be smart and strategic about your path to this career.
  • According to a recent job survey, 70% of people in this field said certifications were the most important training for their career. Only 10% said a bachelor’s degree and 5% said a master’s degree.

What is the job of an entry-level Cybersecurity worker?

As with any IT job you will work with computers. You’ll perform a variety of tasks, including:

  • Developing and maintaining computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting the problems in the systems you are using.
  • Monitor the systems for malicious activity (e.g. viruses and hackers).   
  • Investigating and preventing cyberattacks on computers and networks.
  • Investigating malicious Internet activity, such as hacking, malware, or viruses.
  • Conducting tests to determine the security level of computer systems within an organization.

The possibilities are endless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to Get Hired in Cybersecurity even without a degree?

  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic.
  • Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570.
  • It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification.
  • You’re going to need a strong foundation before taking those courses, so if you have no experience in IT and are starting from scratch, you should take CompTIA IT Fundamentals, Microsoft Network and Security Fundamentals, and CompTIA A+ before taking CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+.
  • You will be able to go further than a cybersecurity degree without certifications and you will also get there faster.
  • These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get placed.

What is DOD-8570 and why does this matter in cybersecurity?

  • It is a federal directive issued by the Department of Defense. It states that all US government agency should adhere to cybersecurity requirements regarding information systems.
  • These terms are defined in the directive and banned from use by the DOD.
  • On November 20, 1985, the Defense Technical Information Center issued DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). Its purpose was to protect DoD information systems from potential vulnerabilities of classified or unclassified information.
  • This means that most positions in this field require that you have at least one of these certifications.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • The problem is that many companies, even those not doing business with the government will, require the same certifications.

What are the pros and cons of a Degree versus Certifications in Cybersecurity?

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

  • A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer.
  • The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer hands-on skills.
  • A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require.
  • The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above).
  • Because of all this, according to a recent Information Week’s, Dark Reading salary survey, 70% of workers in cybersecurity said certifications were the most important training in developing their career. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look & Feel Like?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes than self-study.
  • The learning experience is better, plus you have the ability to ask questions and see the questions other students are asking
  • The classes should be recorded, so you can review all or part of them later.
  • You should be able to repeat the classes again if needed at no extra charge.
  • Labs should be available for you to practice the concepts in a hands-on setting. You will learn and retain the concepts better if you do them more often.
  • There should be practice exams so you can make sure you are ready before taking the exams. The instructor should be available to help you cram for the exam.
  • Instructors should be available to answer additional questions as needed.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training you need in 5 weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Professional program

Overview

  • Microsoft and CompTIA, internationally recognized industry representatives, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and hands-on labs.
  • In order to meet the requirements of Defense Directive 8570.1, CompTIA has developed a curriculum authored by some of the world’s leading technologists and experts in education.
  • Instruction 8570.1 states that individuals who work in the public sector, government contractors, and military personnel have to be trained in Cyber Security and Information Assurance. This training is required to help strengthen and secure DoD information and networks.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

OUR CLASSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • Students will be introduced to the basics of software and taught how to set up a computer station.
  • This course teaches students the basics of how a computer works, what its devices are, and how to use basic computer maintenance and support principles.
  • We will introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • You will learn how to set up a home network and connect mobile devices to the internet.
  • Students will gain an understanding of security issues affecting computer and network usage.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • This course allows participants to learn the skills and information necessary for performing day-to-day functions pertaining to Advanced Network Infrastructures, Network Hardware, Protocols and Services, Security Layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security, Advanced Network Security, New Security Software and addresses new security threats.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA A+

  • This program will equip students with the most current computer skills required by computer support professionals. It also demonstrates their ability to become technicians.
  • They will participate in hands-on labs that include installing, configuring and diagnosing computers, performing preventive maintenance, and basic networking.
  • The course will allow students to learn how to manage PC hardware in a business environment, such as troubleshooting, replacing, and installing components.
  • The course also covers the support and troubleshooting of smartphones, tablets, printers, laptops, and other devices.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

CompTIA Network+

  • This course is intended to teach students how configure TCP/IP client.
  • By acquiring these skills, students will be able to troubleshoot, configure and manage wired and wireless networks.
  • This course will equip students with the skills necessary to support new technologies such as virtualization and cloud-based computing.
  • 40 hours (1 week for day classes, 2 semaines for evening classes)

CompTIA Security+

  • As you increase your knowledge about operating systems and computers, you will be able to implement basic security services on any kind of computer network.
  • Students will be able to solve real-world security problems by using real-world problem solving.
  • 40 hours (1 week if you take day classes, 2 weeks for evening classes)
Our Classes - The Cybersecurity IT Pro
Cybersecurity IT Pro-Program benefits

Program Benefits

  • You can complete your training in 5 weeks and be ready to work in just 10 weeks if you are taking night classes.
  • Live remote classes allow you to interact with a live instructor while you are at home.
  • You have access for six months to virtual labs. This allows you to practice as often and as often as necessary.
  • Any class can be retaken for free after 6 months
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams are included.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. A full-time career director will assist you with your job search. This includes help with your resume, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, interview skills and getting past the applicant tracking system. We offer training to thousands. Many of them recruit from us, so many of the jobs we have placed people in are not even advertised.
  • Bottom line: you can complete your training in as little as 5 weeks (or 10 weeks if you choose night classes) and be on your way to starting your new career.

How Do I Get Started for my Cybersecurity Training?

Let’s see if you qualify for a WIOA Grant that could pay for this for you (yes, that means it could be free if you qualify!)

Are you unemployed? You may be eligible for a federal grant that will help you get trained, certified, and placed in your job at no cost. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. This program will pay up to $15,000 to become trained, certified and placed in your chosen career. There are different amounts and availability depending on where you live.

If you’re eligible, this grant can be used for training to pay the cost of your courses to help you move up in your career.

If you do not qualify for the WIOA grant, you have another risk-free option:

How to Start Your Cyber Security Training-Risk-Free!

A student loan is typically required for students who want to study to become a professional. While this can be a good option for some people, it is not without its risks.

Here is the problem: you are the one assuming all the risk.

You still need to repay the loan if you don’t get a job immediately.

If you do get a job, then get laid off a year later, you have no income but you still have to make payments.

Let’s suppose you receive a deferment. You might not be making payments, but interest keeps accruing in the meantime. It means that you owe more when you start paying than you were when you started.
You can make your debt even higher if you’re in an accident or go without work for a long time.

The loan is yours until it is paid off.
Everyone knows someone who has struggled with student loans.

What if there were a better way, so you could get the training you need to start this career, but still sleep at night.

Introducing the risk-free option: Income Share Agreements

Income share agreements are innovative student financing options that don’t require you to have any debt. They can help you start your career in Sheridan, even if it isn’t your first time. Try Income Share Agreements to start your career in Sheridan.


There is no cost upfront and no chance of losing your money. An income share agreement is a contract that takes a portion of your salary in exchange for training. However, you only owe the income share when you work and make an income exceeding the minimum threshold.

This is a risk free option that can be used to introduce yourself to cybersecurity.

You don’t owe any interest on your debt. That means you don’t owe any more if it takes you longer to get a job and you do not owe any more if you lose your job and have to go a few months without paying.

You can’t earn less than the minimum threshold if you lose your job or you earn less. However, you won’t be required to pay any money until you work and make more than the threshold.

We offer an income-share agreement that is 100% risk-free, even for those who have no work experience or are unemployed. You don’t pay until you work. We fail. Ask other schools if they offer this.

To determine if this is the right fit for you, a phone interview is necessary.

Make an appointment to see if you are eligible.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Why Cybersecurity?

The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six years. If you’re interested in a career that is always changing and evolving, the perfect time is now to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is an expanding industry that offers many different job opportunities and great career prospects. Cyberseek claims that there are over 500,000 job openings. In the Tampa / St.Petersburg / Clearwater job market, for instance, there are over 6,000 job openings. This means cybersecurity professionals will always be in high demand.

What do cybersecurity workers prefer-a degree or certifications?

A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer. The degree provides a broad range of understanding that can be applied to many different industries but has fewer hands-on skills.
A certification shows that you are able to demonstrate the skills employers require. The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above). Because of all this, according to a recent Information Week’s, Dark Reading salary survey, 70% of workers in cybersecurity said certifications were the most important training in developing their career. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What is the Average Income in Cybersecurity?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary is $65,000 (25th%) – $145,000 (75th%) Entry-level roles typically have lower wages but offer more opportunities for growth and responsibility.

Can I really finish the training in 5 weeks?

Microsoft and CompTIA, internationally recognized industry leaders, created the Cyber Security IT Practitioner program curriculum and hands-on labs and is designed to be able to be completed in five weeks (or ten weeks if you choose evening classes).

How can I get a job in Cybersecurity without a degree

CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are the most crucial certifications you’ll need if cybersecurity is your first topic. Here is why: There is a little-known government regulation called DOD-8570. It has been technically updated to DOD-8140. However, it still uses the DOD-8570 chart. The document states that you need to have at least one certification if you are in a job that could expose you to sensitive data. CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement. Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification. These certifications will make you highly sought-after and should not be a problem to get placed.

How do I start this cybersecurity training program?

We will start by checking your eligibility for a WIOA Grant. If you qualify, it might pay for this for you. Why don’t you call right now or make an appointment for us to call you